Hollenderkvartalet Molded in Hollenderkvartalet
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Schweigaardsgate is mournful. That is not going to last much longer. New prestigious projects are located throughout the entire street. And the city block Hollenderkvartalet has everything it takes to be a worthy contribution to this positive development.
Anton Martin Schweigaard (1808-1870) was a genius, a professor, Member of the Parliament and economic reformer. Very few people remember this, because today we only connect the name with Oslo’s most condemned street.
In 1879 the roads Mogangen and Kloster Gaden in Oslo’s east end were extended. The economy flourished, and what was more appropriate than to honor a pioneer who made the Norwegian industrial adventure possible? The name was Schweigaardsgate and headed straight into the heart of the capital’s rail and port areas.
Today, the industry is long gone, and Schweigaardsgate is in many ways one of the last images of the old Oslo – where traffic, efficiency and heavy industry was what the city was about. Not residential, urban quality and recreation.
Oslo East, an urban housing dream
Yes, this is big words. No, this is no exaggeration. And “Oslo East” is a term which is about to be emptied of meaning, especially what concerns centre. With Barcode, Bispevika and Sørenga safely located on the east side of the Akerselva, the old distinctions are long about to be washed out.
And Hollenderkvartalet fits right into this development, where formerly decaying apartment buildings and remnants of an industrial past is now ripe for a real overhaul.
The areas around Oslo S has long been written into the new plans that involve large-scale changes. But in the eastern part of Schweigaardsgate there are things going on, and a new Hollenderkvartal will not be a lonely outpost, but rather be part of a whole district both imagined and built from scratch.
Wood, bricks and tactile qualities
Our project is mainly focused on urban residence, although the ground floor is naturally adapted for store operations. In the residential part is the large windows a main subject, where corner farm has double glazing areas spanning two floors. The farm is divided into two volumes visually, respectively standing timber cladding and brick like material. Although the windows are situated just above the first floor in the ensuing houses, the motive remain the same.
This creates beautiful and attractive apartments with an exposure that makes a lot of the city outside stayes with you right in your apartment. This extroverted attitude, contrasted by an inside which faces onto a sheltered courtyard, where the intimate and the core qualities.
Just like the relationship to asphalt, concrete and streets outside are complemented by the choice of material, where we consciously choose natural materials with distinctly tactile qualities.
These are houses for people who love to live in the city, and who understand that pulse and energy do not exclude traditional quality of living that room, security and cosiness. In short, this house that takes both the city and the residents seriously.
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